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Mike Scopa Part 2: How Disney World Changed His Life

Mike Scopa

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Listen to how Disney World turned Mike Scopa into a successful blogger and podcaster! We also discuss how he got started with running, and what keeps him moving!

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Episode 14

Transcription

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this is the dreamers podcast where
dreamers shared their stories to inspire

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you

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now join host Joe Pardo as he interviews
a dreamer who’s living their dreams

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welcome to the dreamers podcast I’m your
host Joe part of it today I’m

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interviewing Mike school who is living
history by helping people around the

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world plan

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disney vacation as well as getting them
into a healthy lifestyle

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welcome back for part 2 Mike let’s jump
right into it have you run into any

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roblox with running in 1981 i exploded
my anterior cruciate ligament on my left

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leg and left me and my my orthopedic
surgeon said you know Mike you’re going

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to have arthritis when you hit 40 45 and
you probably shouldn’t run more than

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five or six miles in any point I was
laid up for a little bit in about a year

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and a half ago I had a problem with it
but you know through the magic of

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science and chemicals have been able to
to run that’s the only obstacle i’m

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running into an obstacle now have a
different nature because i have just

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taken on a new position with a company
in Dorchester mass so it requires me to

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make a long commute from New Hampshire
which means i really have a have to

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figure out how I’m going to run during
the week i may end up trying to figure

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out how to run during the day while I’m
down there other than that i’m going to

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be a weekend warrior and that’s not good
so that is an obstacle in itself but

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i’ll figure out something

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no but obstacles are only what
physically and mentally and emotionally

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hold you back and you have to figure out
how to overcome those just keep moving

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forward aged a lot of people think about
ages as stopping you i think age is just

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a number and until my body says no I’m
gonna keep running

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so how about with any of your disney
stuff have you had any roblox I you know

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I think if if i was going to say
roadblock it would be that I’m not

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wealthy enough to just sit and write and
talk to me all day long they have been

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many times where I have wanted to do
certain things but Disney sometimes has

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to take a backseat to the priorities in
life be it work be a family get health

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whatever so the roadblock

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sometimes time and there are times when
I wish I could clone myself because I’ll

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think of something I want to do disney
wise and I won’t be able to do it

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because there’s something that sort of
ahead of the game higher up on the

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priority list so and I think I speak for
a lot of people when I say that I think

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there are a lot of us who are in this
disney inner circle who would love to do

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more and we just can’t because life is
more than just that kind of stuff you

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know

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yeah unfortunately uh huh what I mean
you kind of touched on a little bit but

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with the with running what have you done
to overcome some of those obstacles i

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think that the being agile being it
being able to adapt is really really

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important i think when you have a
healthy injury issues with running one

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of the things you have to fight is
impatience so I’ve learned to be patient

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with myself even though when i was
recently heard i tried to run I wasn’t

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patient enough and I i did not want to
defer my races i think i ate about three

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or four race registration is because
they did not want to defer I wanted to

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run a regarding time I have figured out
that and everybody needs to figure this

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out what is the minimum type of training
i need to maintain a certain level of

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conditioning I know what that is and I
just need to figure out how to maintain

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that at times so I think being agile
being able to adapt to your limitations

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really helps everything if you cannot do
that then it’s just going to drive you

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crazy

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come let that happen so is there any
parts of your dreams that haven’t quite

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worked out i think that when i think of
the overall dream I think that it’s

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exceeded expectations when i was writing
those trip reports for the people who

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are on those disney boards in my company
and the company had as many as I

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in 37,000 people in at one point my only
and I just right for people all around

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the world it was a it was very well
known company i often said you know I

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would love to share this type of
experience and how i feel about this

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place with people outside the company
and that was when the internet was

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barely barely getting off the ground
that’s when Al Gore just started to

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figure out you know what the heck of it
should be like my dream was to write for

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those pairs of eyes that were outside my
company and so I think that that

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happened and you know who who would have
ever thought that we would have

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technology advancements to the point
where people would not just be able to

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read my words but hear my voice

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yeah it’s a pretty incredible thing
everything that’s happened just in the

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last 10 years you know YouTube 10 years
ago didn’t exist

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yeah oh yeah we’ve been doing the wwa
podcast for nine years

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it’s amazing how many people are out
there you know doing podcasts and like

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this one and and all you need is a
computer a headset and you’re good to go

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so do you have any dreams for the future
i think that one of the things that i’m

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always looking at is what have I set
aside for one reason or another that I

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have not addressed what areas on my
checklist have I on my bucket list i

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should say have yet to do i’m not sure
if there are any healthcare left I i

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think it’s it’s always good to to reach
for a higher level than what you really

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think you can get because I think that
helps you get to that that first area as

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far as dreams go well I’ll tell you one
dream i have Mickey miles podcast has

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Mickey mile is running team

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my dream is to get a thousand people on
that team you know maybe that’s

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unrealistic but I think dreams supposed
to be unrealistic at times because it’s

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a dream which means it’s very

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hi to achieve or attain as far as other
dreams with this is me talking about

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disney i think that i would like to
someday possibly write a book that is

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somehow related to disney i have been
approached by a publisher to write a

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disney oriented book but the subject
matter the topic that he wanted me to

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address with something that I wasn’t
interested in so i graciously refused

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the opportunity

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this was at least seven years ago I
think as a writer

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you’re always dream about putting
something out there that will establish

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your legacy that will live is that will
have your words live beyond your

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lifetime so I think that’s something
that have yet to do they could be a book

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that is disney oriented it could be
fictional it could be something other

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than fictional I don’t know but I think
that probably in the back of my mind

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that’s my dream i would love you even if
I you so a new question I’ve been adding

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to the show is you’re stranded on a
deserted island with your family what’s

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three things that you can’t live without

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I know a certain co-host of mine is
going to like what my first answer is

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something that I i never thought i would
say but I think my iphone with a

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perpetual battery in it that would never
run out because it would allow me to

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continue to do the things i would like
to do number one and number two like to

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have a donut machine out there other
thing that would be important would be

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to have a sense of optimism that the
next day would bring a change would be

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rescued would be saved or something
would happen i think you need that any

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that’s that’s an intangible but I think
that’s what I’d want I mean I could you

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know keep in contact and do things with
my iPhone I would you know it’s a it’s a

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desert island so it’s going to be hot so
I think the door with machine is you

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know with the you know again it’s
perpetual door machine

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I mean that would be something good and
and having in the back of my mind that

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optimistic viewpoint that wake up the
next

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how this could be the day we get rescued
you know things like that i think i

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could get that for about 4 95 it’s
called Wilson said that so so before we

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end is there any last thoughts you’d
like to share with our audience

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well I think that and I don’t know how
many of your audience has red neon

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listen to the podcast but I don’t often
get to thank everyone who has sent me

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very nice notes and messages over the
years i think that since i started doing

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my internet thing which was almost 15
years ago I can’t tell you how how many

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people I i can now call my friends like
you Joe

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it’s kind of and i also speak of a lot
of cast members who become my friends

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cast members in the past cast members
who would and still cast members and

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those who are probably going to be cast
members in the future i think that all

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of you all of my listeners all of my
readers all of my disney contacts keep

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me going every day there’s a saying that
goes no man is an island

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this is very true thank you for giving
me this opportunity to say from the

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bottom of my heart I’m very humbled by
all the the the nice people who have

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gotten to meet and you know if I touch
the lives in a positive way then that’s

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made me smile and that’s a very
priceless thing to to see and I just

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wish that more people would understand
you know touching people’s lives and in

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doing something to make make their day
just a little bit better is something

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that you can’t buy wow oh well thank you
for all that like i love you i love you

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too like I’m so glad that I got to meet
you

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that was quite a weekend that was quite
a weekend job it was it was and it was

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it was so nice that you find out that
everybody i had been listening to for

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years and years was just so approachable

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yeah well it was kind of funny how we
talked so much during fantasmic and then

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we experienced some of Becky’s magic and
I was I was pretty happy when I put your

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name up

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holy cow you know you don’t know what’s
going on

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and that was that was quite a weekend
Becky and her magic

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yeah yeah no she she definitely helped
me an amazing weekend continues to I

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mean all six of you make a an awesome
weekend that anybody who’s a big fan of

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Disney should come down the reunion and
i think this year it’s what December

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don’t know second to the fit our come on
like I’m gonna have to edit this out i

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don’t fit December second or fourth or
whatever but I’m sure that outfit i

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think that one of the things I’m trying
to do is trying to make reunion a little

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bit different

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over the next couple years so i won’t
divulge any secrets but Becky and I had

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our lands to suggest some changes that a
lot of people will find interesting and

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we’ll put a new spin on reunion it’s
always welcome

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well before we go would you like the
plug all your site’s your facebooks your

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Twitter’s you can find me on facebook
you can find me on twitter i think i

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have I don’t know and have a lot of
people follow me on twitter i don’t

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tweet out that much but when I do you
can be sure that it’s important this I’m

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gonna give you a scoop in the very near
future i will be blogging for touring

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plans . com the land and I talked about
this for awhile and like to of course

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plug wdw today.com the podcast that I’ve
been doing with mike newell in manhaj

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bergen want esta over these many years
we’ve done a lot of things and we’ve had

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a lot of laughs and we’ve got a long way
to go before we’re going to be done with

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that I don’t know when just something
about 2,000 episodes just before I talk

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to you but it’s a lot last but not least
the Mickey miles podcast which I co-host

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with the my best friend Michelle script
McClain and michelle and i have just

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begun to scratch the surface with only
about a hundred and seventy five

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episodes but i can tell you Joe it’s
just amazing how how much traction has

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been realized with this podcast and we
have I do I haven’t even checked

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recently 210 220 230 Mickey miles of a
running team doing things for charity of

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which you also are

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i doing some nice things for give kids
the world it just continues to grow its

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it’s just amazing so yeah again thank
everybody and you know thank you for

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this opportunity to you know come on and
then talk about my dreams and who knows

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is a dreamer out there who may be
thinking about something that he or she

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probably thought was not attainable but
you know never give up

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John Cena right never give up haha well
that’s that’s definitely the commission

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of this of this podcast is to encourage
people to follow their own dreams no

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matter what they are but thank you very
much for coming on the show Mike I can’t

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thank you enough for the wonderful
stories thanks Joe and we’ll see you

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don’t know when I’ll see you again but
hopefully before union but yeah right on

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well thank you very much thank you good
luck with everything

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thank you thank you thank you for
joining us for this episode of the

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dreamers podcast

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current resort news some tips and tricks
we’ve learned over the years to help

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make your disneyland resort vacation the
most magical experience ever

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we uncover little-known and often
overlooked gems we like to call hidden

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treasures and even review the
attractions and places to eat and make

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the Disneyland Resort so much fun and if
that wasn’t enough we even share some

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video episodes to help keep you in that
disney magic state of mind if you’re a

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longtime fan of the disneyland resort or
you just recently discovered the magic

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this podcast is for you you can find
tales from the mouse house disneyland

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podcast at www.lnscaptioning.com and in
itunes and remember make it a Mickey day

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hey like walt disney world like insider
tips and tricks

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what if i told you where you can get the
two together head on over to walt disney

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insider.com for the latest news and tips
from walt disney world and tell them Joe

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part of sense

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